Manufactured by Intuitive Surgery, Inc., the da Vinci® Surgical System is operated by a surgeon from a distance. The surgeon controls and manipulates the robot’s arms through a computer. This is believed to allow for a more precise series of movements not capable by human hand. When performed properly, the da Vinci Surgical System minimizes invasive methods. The downside is without human contact, a surgeon cannot necessarily assess how much force is being applied when grabbing tissue. They cannot monitor the cutting, or how the stitching is holding.
Many cases of serious injury have been reported after the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the use of this robotic surgical system in your surgery, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., we are passionate about holding manufacturers of dangerous medical devices responsible for any injuries or damages you have suffered. We are backed by more than 60 years of experience and the resources of an established firm.
Unfortunately, certification for operating this device requires little training. Even in the hands of an experienced surgeon, without proper training and understanding of the machine, serious harm and fatal injuries can occur. Patients and families are discovering that inadequate training, faulty devices and lack of experience are resulting in long term complications and fatalities. There have been fistulas between organs, injuries that result in significant bleeding and damage to organs, tissues and vessels.
Common Injurious Claims Involving the da Vinci Include the Following:
- Intestinal tears
- Punctured ureters or blood vessels
- Vaginal cuff dehiscence
- Excessive bleeding
- Serious injury to the bowel tract
While inadequate training is considered a major factor, there has been cause to believe there are defects in the machine itself. There are also reports of the robot not responding to commands.
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Individual Cases of Injury due to the da Vinci Surgical System
The machine has caused dangerous complications that weren’t noticed by the surgical staff. There has been at least one situation where a part of the da Vinci broke off during a procedure. One patient required additional surgeries to repair damage to her ureters. Another incident had a surgeon who had only used the da Vinci a few times accidentally cut his patient’s blood vessels, resulting in the patient’s demise. In another claim it has been alleged the device sent an electrical current through a patient, burning her arteries and intestines. She died two weeks later.
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While use of the machine has been reviewed as safe, there are still far too many incidences where this was not the fact. Intuitive Surgical has made hundreds of millions of dollars from these robotic devices. Although hospitals have been pressured to use them to stay competitive, no guidelines have been established for maintenance and training.
At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. our Fort Lauderdale da Vinci robot lawyers can help you pursue just compensation for the injuries that you or a loved one have sustained. We are dedicated to helping each and every client move forward from their circumstances towards a secure future. We do this by meticulously investigating every case and drawing upon professional insight and testimony to support our clients’ claims.
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